Yemen's Houthi rebels announce capture of sites in gov't
SANAA, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's Houthi rebels announced on Saturday their capture of several sites from the Saudi-backed government in the eastern oil-rich province of Marib.
However, the pro-government Almasdaronline reported that the rebels briefly seized two sites in Hilan mountains on Thursday before the government troops recaptured the two sites on Friday.
The U.S.-backed Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab military coalition to support the Yemeni government against Houthi rebels since March 2015, after the Houthis forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government into exile in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.
The militias also progressed in Nehm district, which oversees the main road linking the rebel-held capital Sanaa and Marib city, the TV said.
Both sides, however, said the fighting is raging on in Serwah, while the pro-government website said dozens were killed from both warring forces.
At midnight (21150 GMT) on Monday, the UN-sponsored cease-fire covering Hodeidah and the ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa entered into force, as the first confidence-rebuilding measures between the Iran-allied Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government.
According to the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV, the rebels captured large swaths in Serwah district and advanced to the namesake capital city of the province.